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A lot of you have "Fun Web" type programs loaded onto your computers.
They may be fun to add smilies, etc... but they are really a form of adware/spyware and if you have noticed a slow down in your computer it is because of them.
They are VERY DIFFICULT to remove.
Please see this article for more information.
http://www.pchell.com/support/spywaretools.shtml
They may also be responsible for slowing down the websites/ webforums you visit as well.


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Hi G,

You can remove the Smiley programs by going into your add/delete programs file.  They Smiley program is listed there.  That's how I just deleted mine. 

I'm using an older Windows format.  I go through the add/delete programs every now and again to see if I've accidentally picked up a program along the way. 

Thanks for the info G!!




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Apparently that is not enough.
The techs told me that it is downloaded into other parts of your computer like a trojan would be and you have to remove them in several areas.
Beware the smilies!


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Gina,
 Are they contageous if a friend sends you emails laced with them?
Someone said to me last year "Click for free smilies??Gedouddaheah.Nothing is FREE.They want something.Why do you think they give them away FREE?"
Made sense,so I never got them.
AOL has them available, as do many sites including this.So there is really no reason to have your own set.


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No, they are not contagious if you just get an email containing them.

As much as we're on the internet, we ALL need a spyware program.  They're usually free, usually come with a new computer's software, and they go through your pc and pick off all the pieces of something like the smilies.

AOL???  They're as bad or worse than smilies. 

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Just download firefox with no script and your worries are over.

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Good Morning, Gina!
 
Thank you for the warning.  And thanks for the "help!!! site" to help the computer illiterates (like me) through PC Hell.  It's difficult for comp newbies to comprehend how the system works. My DH usually takes care of the setup, and even he is often flustered and confused by the hows, whys and wherefores of the complex cyber-world. 
 
There's an expression for people who stab you in the back with a smile on their face (schmunk). The average smilie-user would naturally TRUST a frickin' happy smilie and creative expression.  Is this the reason people are reluctant to post their email address or submit any personal information?  Many people are paranoid  for the reasons you describe.  Now we need to worry about smiles too?!! 

A friend (who majored in Computer Science) couldn't figure out what was wrong and thought smilies had invaded her PC.  She had to call a tech to come to her house to fix the problem.  Four days later, the tecky showed up, knock, knock, knock...hello.  He looked the computer over and discovered a wire was not plugged into it's socket far enough.  He was there less than five minutes, and billed her $300.00 for the house-call.  What a racket!  He left laughing with a big smilie on his face.  Her computer ran perfectly.  She is extremely intelligent and felt humiliated by the incident.  She wasn't aware of the fact that any product repair service can charge customers for simply walking through the door.  It's the same with appliance repairs, furnaces, etc.  But if one decides to "fix it" themselves; it's a risky choice.  
 
Thank you Bren, Fancy, and JoanofArdmore; I was always uncertain about the smilies, and when something is free, it's usually has a "trick" up it's sleeve.  

I've recently been downloading from other sites;  and now we receive huge amounts of trashy emails.  They used to go right to bulk mail; Also, my name isn't listed as the "site" owner, and the messages are being sent to Indi.  Special attention to have our email publically "out there"  on discussion boards, myspace, or youtube, google, etc.,  yet these sneaky perverted messages have been abundant.  The contents are usually about purchasing pharmaceuticals, junk sites for dating, sex, and creepy stuff.  Do you think we should change our email account to a new provider? 
 
It's too bad there are nasty people  in the world who really do steal candy from babies...

Love All,

Indi  (does this mean No More Smilies?)
 
                                            

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Indi, if you're using Outlook, just begin marking all these trashy emails as spam.  Then go in every couple of weeks and read  your spam folder.

You can also un-subscribe to most of them.  I know that some people say that that only increases your spam, but I've not found it to be so.  Anyhow, we all have to work at getting rid of these idiots.

And, of course, you have a GOOD anti-virus program, up-to-date, and you scan your computer daily? Thought so!   You get a gold star.





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Blue Dahlia or anyone with Firefox-----When you are at this site can you see the taskbar when you make a reply?
 
I use Firefox almost exclusively because it is better with spyware and pop-ups but when I come here I have to switch to Explorer or I can't see the taskbar for replies.
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Hi there..I use Firefox also..the task bar to reply is below the box..

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Lisa---I'm wondering if it's because I'm using the new firefox 3 beta 5 version----Its really for testers only. The bar that has the highlighting colors and smiles is missing as well as the bar that has text size and type--nothing on the top or bottom except spell check.
 
Maybe I should go back to an official version of firefox?
 
Thanks for letting me know its just me.
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Firefox 2.0.0.3 here, and my taskbar is at the top, where it's supposed to be.

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Thanks Fancy---That was the problem.
I downloaded your version and now everything is appearing where it should.

Mind you the new beta testing versions seem more intuitive but I guess they are not ready for prime time.

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